The baby-friendly hospital initiative and breastfeeding duration: relating the evidence to the Australian context

Fallon, Anthony Bruce and Crepinsek, Maree and Hegney, Desley and O'Brien, Maxine (2005) The baby-friendly hospital initiative and breastfeeding duration: relating the evidence to the Australian context. Birth Issues, 14 (3). pp. 90-95. ISSN 1038-023X

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Abstract

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is an effort by UNICEF and WHO to improve society's health through promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. The key strategy in this initiative is in transforming care of newborn infants in maternity hospitals. The recently published Australian Breastfeeding Leadership Plan (ABLP)1 strongly advocates, as part of its overall plan to increase breastfeeding rates in Australia, the use of public funding and support to implement the BFHI in Australian hospitals. The purpose of this review is to present evidence related to the BFHI's impact upon breastfeeding duration, comment upon the relevance of this evidence to the Australian context, with a view to engendering discussion about the value of the BFHI in an environment where enhancement of breastfeeding duration appears to be the primary goal.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Print issues held USQ 618.4 P1.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:19
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: breastfeeding, Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, BFHI,
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/367

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